No. 17 Minnesota proves the doubters wrong, upsets No. 4 Penn State


Not so much according to the College Football Playoff committee, which slotted unbeaten Minnesota No. 17, behind six two-loss teams.

Penn State's defense could do little to slow down Tanner Morgan and the rest of the Gophers' offense.

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From running back Shannon Brooks' key block on the first touchdown, to Rasho Bateman's record-breaking performance to a key Chris Williamson's fourth-quarter pass breakup in the end zone, the Gophers commanded the momentum against one of the nation's best teams. Morgan completed 18 of his 20 attempts for 339 yards and three scores.

Penn State: QB Sean Clifford. Wide receiver Rashod Bateman piled up 203 receiving yards, and Tyler Johnson had 104 as the Gophers punished Penn State by mixing routes, throwing quickly and getting wide open. The sack forced a Penn State punt and was one of two on the day for the Gophers. A date with No. 4 Penn State would set the record straight, and Minnesota straightened it out quite well in a 31-26 defeat at home in Minneapolis. Hamler wound up instead in the hands of Antoine Winfield, in spite of an obvious pass interference against the Nittany Lion receiver.

Penn State had an opportunity to stop the game-opening touchdown, but the safety took a bad angle on the tackle and whiffed on Bateman.

The 66-yard score is the longest play allowed by Penn State's defense this season.

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Minnesota sent a message to the naysayers out there, via Twitter after the game. His first quarter strike to Bateman on the sideline proved to be a tone-setter for the Gophers that wouldn't ever let up.

Minnesota improves to 9-0, while the Nittany Lions drop to 8-1.